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Kubrick: Designing Worlds Symposium

Kubrick: Designing Worlds symposium

Written by Hannah Grout
Published date 27 September 2019

To help mark the end of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum hosted a two-day symposium organised by the University of the Arts London, exploring the legacy of Stanley Kubrick’s films and their impact on design.

Drawing on the exhibition and the Stanley Kubrick Archive, held at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre, this symposium aimed to illuminate discussions around the practices that underpin film production, such as costume design and documentary film-making.

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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition ©University Archives and Special Collections Centre

Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, Kubrick worked closely with many designers throughout his career to construct a series of unique cinematic worlds, from the brutalist dystopia of A Clockwork Orange to the futuristic space-station of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Speakers at the symposium came from a variety of backgrounds and practices, and included:

  • Milena Canonero - Italian designer who designed her first costumes for A Clockwork Orange and subsequently was awarded her first Academy Award and Bafta Award for her work on Barry Lyndon.
  • Chris Baker (aka Fangorn) - with a career spanning graphic design and illustration for books, gaming and comics, Baker was hired by Stanley Kubrick in In 1994 to develop concepts and scenes for ‘A.I’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
  • Howard Berry - Berry leads The Elstree Project, documenting the film and television history of Elstree and Borehamwood through interviews, including with Steven Spielberg and Christiane Kubrick. He has been working with the Kubrick family for several years.
  • Katharina Kubrick - daughter of Stanley Kubrick. She worked on Barry Lyndon, Full Metal Jacket, and The Shining as a location photographer and props buyer. She also worked in the Art Dept on several films, including Midnight Express, two Bond movies and the Dark Crystal.
Kubrick: Designing Worlds Symposium
Kubrick: Designing Worlds symposium. Milena Canonero, Working with Kubrick. ©University Archives and Special Collections Centre
Kubrick: Designing Worlds Symposium. Curatorial practices and the Stanley Kubrick Archive.
Kubrick: Designing Worlds Symposium. Curatorial practices and the Stanley Kubrick Archive. ©Matt Melia

The final panel of day 2, Curatorial Practices and the Kubrick Archive, was delivered by UAL's Sarah Mahurter (Manager, University Archives and Special Collections Centre), and Georgina Orgill (Stanley Kubrick Archivist). The panel's discussion included creative student responses to the Kubrick Archive, and the establishment of the archive centre at UAL.

The Stanley Kubrick Archive can be viewed by appointment at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication.